fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

illinigirlSeptember 15, 2013

What fixture finishes are in or out right now? I suspect chrome is popular in one sense in that it's less expensive, but is it coming back in higher end kitchens also?

I am undecided on my fixtures, but I'd prefer to pick something classic that I won't get tired of as easily.

Oh, also, should the faucet finish match the hardware finish or is it ok to mix them? Like black/orb cabinet pulls with a satin nickel faucet?

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live_wire_oak

It's never been out. :)

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 4:13PM
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palimpsest

Some very high end companies, Kallista, Waterworks, Lefroy Brooks, are almost completely limited to chrome or nickel fixtures (and some gold). I think it is the high end traditional standard and has never been out.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 4:23PM
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pricklypearcactus

I agree that chrome has never been out. There have been other trends of ORB and brushed nickel, but chrome hasn't been out like polished brass was for a while.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 4:36PM
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ellaf

Chrome has never been out. Pick something that you love, don't worry about anyone except you, the next person in your house can buy his or her own fixtures.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 8:45PM
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Micheline Smith

Not that my kitchen is high end (nor are pulls really fixtures, I guess) but we used chrome pulls and love them. They're shiny and I must be part crow!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 9:25PM
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beekeeperswife

I didn't think it was "out" either. I love chrome, I love the sparkle it gives the kitchen. It's like a shiny piece of jewelry.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 9:26PM
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aktillery9

Wow, I never knew chrome was out. Except for the cheap looking chrome faucets etc. But anything cheap looking is likely has always been "out"

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 6:35AM
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rosie

It was nice to see all the responses and interesting to learn it is a high-end standard. My reaction was, oh, has it been out?, but I didn't know. :) I just replaced some of the fixtures in a 50-year-old bathroom with chrome to match other, original chrome details I wanted to keep, which were obviously better quality because they still looked nice.

I've read that, generally speaking, two finishes will work but three tend to be too much.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 6:57AM
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illinigirl

thanks everyone.....I wasn't suggesting that chrome was ever 'out'.....but i think with all the new(ish) finishes over the years it perhaps wasn't AS popular with some competition. Anecdotally it seems some of the brushed finishes were popular for a while maybe taking some of chrome's market share.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 7:08AM
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